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It’s official: HBA among WA’s best insurance firms

October 14, 2020

Well-respected Doyle’s Guide has announced the leading defendant insurance lawyers and law firms in Western Australia for 2020, with HBA Legal appearing across four key categories. Lawyers, barristers and firms are awarded based on feedback from industry peers, clients and relevant industry bodies. HBA has been named among the top law firms in the following defendant […]

Don’t fall for a smoko: compo for fast food worker injured while smoking before shift

January 30, 2019

Mandep Sarkaria v Workers’ Compensation Regulator [2019] ICQ 001.   Key Points: The entire premises of a workplace won’t necessarily be considered a worker’s “place of employment.” A “place of employment” can change depending on the work performed at that time. “Ordinary recess” includes the pre-start time a worker is at the place of employment. […]

Employer not liable when it did not know the risk of harm on construction site: a discount for vicissitudes to be applied to all future economic losses including damages for treatment and care

September 5, 2018

Avopiling Pty Ltd v Bosevski; Avopiling Pty Ltd v The Workers Compensation Nominal Insurer [2018] NSWCA 146. Key Points:  Care needs to be taken when commencing proceedings or maintaining proceedings against an employer in circumstances where the risks are not within their knowledge, or they would have no reason to know about the risk. This […]

Australian Guide to the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR)

May 31, 2018

What is the GDPR? The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) contains new data protection requirements that have applied from 25 May 2018.  It applies broad rights protecting individuals’ personal information across the EU   Who does it apply to? The GDPR applies to businesses that are data processors and controllers with an establishment […]

Exclusion clauses in insurance policies can’t operate to make the contract a commercial nonsense

July 14, 2017

Cate Doosey v Nigel Walsh & Complete Building Inspection Services Pty Ltd [2017] NSWDC 8 Key Points The District Court of NSW determined that an exclusion clause relied upon by the insurer did not exclude an obligation under the policy to indemnify the building inspector for the claim. The Court emphasised that exclusion clauses which […]

Don’t Get Sunk by Brokers’ Duties – Revisiting Insurance Brokers’ Obligations Towards Policy Holders

April 29, 2015

Don’t Get Sunk by Brokers’ Duties – Revisiting Insurance Brokers’ Obligations Towards Policy Holders